From the International Medical Informatics Association

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) – Early Bird Registration Ends 04 April

The e-Health 2014 Conference will be taking place in Vancouver from June 1-4, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada – see for full information.

The early bird registration rate ends on 04 April, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Information on registration rates is at

Use the e-Health 2014 Conference hashtag: #ehealth14


April 4, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Seeks Assistant / Associate Professor in Health Informatics

The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, invites applications in the area of Health Informatics at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2014. See

The University seeks candidates who have earned a Ph.D. degree in a related field by July 1, 2014 or soon thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and a commitment to shaping the future of Health Informatics in Ontario and around the world. The successful applicant must have an excellent publication record, evidence of the potential for a sustained and externally funded research program, and a proven commitment to graduate student supervision and training and teaching at the graduate level. The candidate will also be able to show a commitment to realizing the impact of health informatics and e-health within the health system through innovation or knowledge transfer.

The University of Toronto offers excellent opportunities to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The Faculty of Medicine provides a context in which to work in an interdisciplinary environment with close ties to a range of collaborative programs. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), and a statement outlining current and future research interests. If you have questions about this position, please contact ihpme.director[at] Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to ihpme.director[at] by the closing date, April 15, 2014. To receive full consideration please submit your application by April 15, 2014; this search however will remain open until filled.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:  For more information on The Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation please visit our website at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

January 28, 2014 Posted by | Canada, vacancy | , | Leave a comment

CHIA Awards, Steven Huesing Scholarship (Canada) – Nominations Invited

COACH and ITAC Health invite nominations for the CHIA (Canadian Health Informatics Awards) and the Steven Huesing Scholarship. Nominations/applications are due by 5 pm EDT on February 28, 2014. Full details of the range of awards and the processes are at

ehealth2014A variety of CHIA awards and the Steven Huesing Scholarship are available to pay tribute to outstanding accomplishment. The CHIA program is presented by COACH and ITAC Health. An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the health informatics profession, will evaluate all nominations and choose the recipient(s) for all awards. In the event that all submissions in a particular category are deemed to not have met the criteria, the Adjudication Committee may choose not to give out the award. Nominators and selected award recipients will be notified in advance of the proposed awards presentation so they can make travel plans to the CHIA Gala at e-Health 2014 in Vancouver June 3. All information provided to COACH/ITAC Health will be treated as confidential.

Questions should be directed to Elaine Huesing (ITAC Health) or Shannon Bott (COACH) as per the webpage above. Awards include the Clinician Leadership Award, Corporate Citizenship Award, Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award, Excellence in Canadian Telehealth  Award, and many others. The Steven Huesing Scholarship Award is open to undergraduate and graduate students.


January 16, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2014 (Vancouver, Canada) Conference: Submission Deadline 18 November, 2013

The Call for Participation for the e-Health 2014 conference, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 01-04 June, 2014 is now open. See for full information on submitting abstracts, including the various categories.

The submission site is now open, and the deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, November 18 at 5:00 PM PST.

e-Health 2014 is hosted by COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (and IMIA Member Society –, Canada Health Infoway and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. All information will be on the conference website at


October 14, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference, education | , , , , , | Leave a comment

COACH Report on State of Health Informatics Education in Canada

coach-hi-2013COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, has announced the publication of the first-ever Canadian report on the “state of the nation” of health informatics (HI) education. Titled Health Informatics Education in Canada: Landscape of an Emerging Academic Discipline, it represents a collaborative effort between most of Canada’s health informatics programs and COACH. See for the full news release and link to the freely downloadable publication. The report highlights the need for continued collaboration between the schools, as well as the need  for collaboration between academic institutions and COACH and the HI industry more broadly.

This new 53-page document shows the wide variety of health informatics programs at different levels, from diploma to PhD, the scope of program elements and differences in programs, and begins to describe potential influences on HI professional development and identify. Among key elements, the report suggests that there are opportunities for schools to better articulate their respective curriculum elements including knowledge domains, exit competencies (program outcomes), and their specific program attributes and impacts using agreed-upon structure (methodology) to make future comparisons more practical and useful.

For more information, please contact Alison Gardner, Director, Programs at COACH (email: agardner[at]

May 29, 2013 Posted by | Canada, education | , , , , | Leave a comment

IFHIMA Global News, May 2013: Final Countdown to IFHIMA Congress

IFHIMA (The International Federation of Health Information Management – has published the latest issue (No. 13, May 2013) of their Global News, available as a PDF download.

This issue contains reports, inter alia, on “Health Information Management &
Technology – Recent Trends” from Saudi Arabia, an Iranian Perspective on
“Transition from Medical Record Practitioners to Health Information Technology Professionals”, the recent seminar on “Health Information Management (HIM) for Europe – Ways, Achievements and Perspectives” held at the EFMI STC meeting, and on “Outreach Visits to Nigeria, Kenya & Tanzania”.

The 17th IFHIMA Congress on Health Information Management: Making a World of Difference is to be held next week, on 13-15 May, 2013 in Montreal, Canada, and hosted by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) – see In addition, the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA – is partnering with IFHIMA and CHIMA, and Canada Health Infoway will be hosting a SNOMED CT Workshop in Montreal, QC at the Marriott Chateau Champlain, immediately following the conclusion of the IFHIMA congress.

May 7, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference, IFHIMA | , , | Leave a comment

More Events for the Merry Month of May

At least three important events take place in May, 2013 – two in Canada, one in Austria. We hope that many IMIA colleagues will be able to participate in and support at least one of them (we know not everyone can get to every event), and we wish the organisers every success.

The 17th IFHIMA (International Federation of Health Information Management Associations) Congress will be held on May 13-15, 2013, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. See The venue will be the Palais des congrès de Montréal, located in the heart of downtown Montréal. CHIMA (Canadian Health Information Management Association – will be hosting the event, and the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA – is also partnering in the event. Those not able to attend can follow the event on Twitter –
IFHIMA ( is an Affiliate Member of IMIA, and IMIA is pleased to be able to participate in the IFHIMA General Assembly meeting to be held on 12 May in conjunction with the Congress.

COACH (Canada’s Health Informatics will be holding their annual e-Health conference in Ottawa, Canada on 26-29 May (venue the Ottawa Convention Centre). The theme is Accelerating Change, and full details are at There is a conference blog at In addition to pre-conference workshops, there will also be the Canadian Telehealth Forum, and plenary sessions on ‘Big Data and Quality in Healthcare’ and ‘The Consumerization of e-Health’. COACH is an IMIA Member Society.

eHealth 2013 (not to be confused by COACH’s similarly named event) will take place in Vienna, Austria on 23-24 May, 2013. It is the annual event of IMIA Member Society, the Working Group Medical Informatics and eHealth of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT) (Arbeitskreis Medizinische Informatik (AKMI) der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik (ÖGBMT) und der Österreichischen Computergesellschaft (OCG)  ). Full information is on the website at You can also follow on Twitter at

May 1, 2013 Posted by | Austria, Canada, conference, Europe, IFHIMA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ITCH 2013: February 21–23, Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada

The ITCH 2013 conference will be held on February 21 – 23, 2013; venue is the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada. The themes of ITCH 2013 will be “Available, tailored and closer: enabling health and healthcare through ICT”. ITCH is an international conference addressing Information Technology and Communications in Health (ITCH), organised by the School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada (an Academic Institutional Member of IMIA).

Keynote speakers will be Professor John Fox, Oxford University, UK and Dr. James J. Cimino, NIH Clinical Center and US National Library of Medicine. The event will feature pre-conference workshops given by international experts, over 70 papers to be presented in two days, professional poster session, and student poster session.

Space is still available for the conference; you can register now at  Full details about the conference can be found at or contact itch[at] if you have any questions.


January 31, 2013 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , , | Leave a comment

Free Public Forum, Live Webcast: “Social Media for health”

A public forum on “Social Media for Health: The Good, The Bad, and The Possible”, organized by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and sponsored by UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies will be held on February 4th, 2013 (Monday) at 7:00 – 9:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at UBC Robson Square Room C300, Downtown Vancouver.

The live webcast link is: (also see Twitter: #HCSMForum

Opening remarks: The Honorable Minister of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia, Mr. John Yap and Ms. Bernadette Mah, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.
Introduction: Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor and Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Moderator: Ms. Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun Digital Life writer.

Keynote Speakers:

  • “Social Media in Health: history, movements, and current practice”, Mr. Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library, UBC
  • “Medicine 2.0 and beyond: where are we going with social media in health and medicine?” Dr. Gunther Eysenbach, Professor & Senior Scientist, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University of Toronto, Editor/Publisher of Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • “Analyzing the advantages of digital tools and dissemination technologies: The Experience of the Network on Equity, Health and Human Development PAHO/WHO”, Ms. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Knowledge Management and Communication, Pan American Health Organization Regional Office of the World Health Organization
  • “Huge Help: The Role of Social Media in Healthcare”, Ms. Ashley Brooks, Customer Marketing Manager, Enterprise, HootSuite


  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor & Director, the iSchool at UBC
  • Dr. Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Dr. Helen Novak Lauscher, Assistant Director of Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office
  • Mr. Francisco Grajales III, PhD Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary studies (IMIA Social Media WG vice chair)

This event is funded by a research grant from the University of British Columbia Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,
and is a collaboration between 5 Faculties and schools in UBC: Medicine, iSchool at UBC, Nursing, Engineering, and Sauder School of Business.

Thanks to Mrs. Ana Lucia Ruggiero, PAHO/WHO Equity List ( for the information.

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Canada, miscellany | , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge (Canada): Enter by March 27

168COACH and the organisers of the e-health 2013 conference announce the return of the Apps Challenge. This innovation challenge will engage students in health informatics and other related academic programs, as well as other emerging professionals (defined as having worked for less than 5 years in the e-Heath industry), in:

  • Undertaking real life design and development projects
  • Engaging with a top level network of HI professionals leading e-Health in Canada
  • Building a community and future generation of innovators.

Full details of the challenge – how to enter, who is eligible, and what you need to do – are at

The e-Health 2013 Apps Challenge Theme is “Healthcare Apps Today: Putting the Future in the Hands of Consumers!” Applications are to be provided by email with accompanying paper and application form, to be sent to the e-Health 2013 Conference Manager by March 27, 2013.

The “Battle of the Apps” will take place on 28 May at the e-Health 2013 conference ( in Ottawa, Canada – winners will be announced on 29 May at the closing plenary.

January 17, 2013 Posted by | award, Canada, conference | , , , | Leave a comment